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Options for getting around. We encourage you to think about going without a car and relying on the light rail, our bus system, or our neighborhood-base ZipCar.

If you do have a car, parking is available on-street at no cost. Guest bicycles are located in the basement and can be used on an "as available" basis. Helmets must be worn, and locks should be used. A "waiver and release of liability" must be signed before using a bicycle.

Check-in time is between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Check-out time is not later than 10:00 AM.

We strictly enforce a no-smoking policy in the building and on the grounds.

For the well-being of all our guests, pets are not allowed.

The minimum stay is 6 nights; maximum stay is 9 months. The renting party must include a responsible adult over the age of 25. The maximum number of guests is three (3) persons, regardless of age.

A $250 reservation/damage deposit is required to book a suite. The reservation deposit automatically converts to a security/damage deposit upon your arrival. The deposit is not applied toward rent; however, it is fully refundable within 14 days of your departure, provided:

  • No damage is done to the unit or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear.

  • No unusual charges (beyond normal cleaning) are incurred by the owner as a result of your stay.

  • All trash and discards are placed in the containers provided.

  • Dirty dishes are rinsed.

  • No linens or furnishings are lost or damaged.

  • Keys are turned in at check-out.

  • Check-out is timely.

Payments can be made with credit card or with check made out to The Shirley Marvin.

Cancellations. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the check-in date forfeit the reservation deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days of the check-in date forfeit the reservation deposit and the advance payment. An exception will be made in the event that the apartment is subsequently rented for the reserved period; in such case, the advance payment (but not the reservation deposit) will be returned. There is no payment refund for early departures, but the reservation/damage deposit will be returned in keeping with the deposit rules (above).

No daily maid service; weekly housekeeping is an option. The unit is furnished with housekeeping supplies, and guests have access to a washer and dryer for washing clothes and linens. Alternatively, there's a laundromat nearby. Weekly housekeeping (sweeping, dusting, changing bed and bath linens) is available for $100 per week.

Trash and recyclables should be segregated and placed in receptacles provided. When full, trash and recycle bags can be brought to the designated location on the property, and we'll take care of things from there.

Owner access. With appropriate notice, we need to reserve the right to access the suite for maintenance, inspection, and showing the apartment to prospective guests.

Natural ventilation. We count on Western Washington's temperate climate and operable windows to keep The Shirley Marvin comfortable. The payoff is an environment free of air conditioning noise.

Storage space. Each suite has ample storage, but if you need extra, we can store some things in a basement storage locker.

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